WebHeader_Grove.jpg
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
7PM DEADLINE: Make your year-end gift and be entered to win TWO $1,000 Visa gift cards!
Word of Mouth
• Check out our list of New Hampshire museums, galleries, performance venues & independent bookstores, sorted by region.• You can also find art exhibits, book readings, live music and more on our Public Events Calendar.

Classic Video Game Music: From Bosses To Beats

3219638385_27772147b1_z.jpg
Coleman via flickr Creative Commons
/

Classic video game music evokes a special kind of nostalgia, a mixture of childhood whimsy laced with pixel-fueled frustration. For musicians, sampling video game music adds an extra layer of fantasy in otherwise hardcore genres like rap and metal. Spin even compiled 50 Rap Songs Based on Video Game Samples (Some are NSFW. All are awesome). In metalcore, sampling video game music resulted in an entirely new genre in the late 1990s at first jokingly called NintendocoreWizards and Warriors is pretty great, as are most of the songs by Horse the Band. Themes from the NES and Super Nintendo eras are especially popular. I tapped into my Nintendo nostalgia for some of the best classics (and admittedly my favorites):

The theme from Super Mario Bros. is probably the most widely recognized. Catchy and easily hummed, it will stick with you long after you've finished playing. 

The more epic styling of Zelda is the kind of music that'll make you want to don a green night cap, wield a sword, and chop down some menacing-looking shrubbery. 

The raw, brute feel of The Lost Vikings' theme is like the "bro" of classic video game music.

And the earworm to end all earworms: the Tetris theme.

So now I'm throwing it out to you: What are your favorite classic video game music themes? Share in the comments or on Facebook and Twitter

For more on video games and video game music, check out the show post here

Related Content